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Opinions May 24, 2011

May 24, 2011
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Indiana Supreme Court had posted on opinions by IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
S.W. by P.W. v. B.K.
71A03-1012-PO-655
Protective order. Reverses trial court’s denial of S.W.’s motion to correct error, remands for a hearing on civil contempt petition, and orders S.W. to be reimbursed $250 appellate filing fee. Held that Indiana code states filing fees will not be assessed for a proceeding seeking relief from or enforcement of a civil protective order.

Paternity of A.S.; B.S. v. E.M.
82A01-1006-JP-291
Juvenile paternity. Affirms trial court’s award of primary custody to mother and remands to trial court for determination of how and when the father may make-up lost parenting time.

Wastewater One, et al. v. Floyd County Board of Zoning Appeals, et al.

22A04-1007-PL-418
Civil plenary. Affirms the trial court’s findings of fact, conclusions of law, and judgment affirming the Board of Zoning Appeals’ denial of the applicant’s conditional use of application for expansion of a sewage treatment plant.

Harold E. York v. State of Indiana
27A02-1008-CR-956
Criminal. Dismisses Harold York’s interlocutory appeal previously granted by the Court of Appeals, in anticipation of the defendant claiming the trial court should have granted his motion to dismiss the charge of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, a Class D felony. In its decision to dismiss, the appeals court held that the state did not allege York had failed to register under the lifetime requirement, but that he violated the Registration Act by failing to include his fiancee’s house as his residence.  

Term. of Parent-Child Rel. of K.K.; C.W. v. IDCS (NFP)
42A04-1010-JT-699
Juvenile. Affirms termination of parental rights.

Christian D. Howard v. State of Indiana (NFP)
48A04-1010-CR-656
Criminal. Affirms trial court’s revocation of probation and decision to allow hearsay testimony.
 
Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions by IL deadline.

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  1. KUDOS to the Indiana Supreme Court for realizing that some bureacracies need to go to the stake. Recall what RWR said: "No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!" NOW ... what next to this rare and inspiring chopping block? Well, the Commission on Gender and Race (but not religion!?!) is way overdue. And some other Board's could be cut with a positive for State and the reputation of the Indiana judiciary.

  2. During a visit where an informant with police wears audio and video, does the video necessary have to show hand to hand transaction of money and narcotics?

  3. I will agree with that as soon as law schools stop lying to prospective students about salaries and employment opportunities in the legal profession. There is no defense to the fraudulent numbers first year salaries they post to mislead people into going to law school.

  4. The sad thing is that no fish were thrown overboard The "greenhorn" who had never fished before those 5 days was interrogated for over 4 hours by 5 officers until his statement was illicited, "I don't want to go to prison....." The truth is that these fish were measured frozen off shore and thawed on shore. The FWC (state) officer did not know fish shrink, so the only reason that these fish could be bigger was a swap. There is no difference between a 19 1/2 fish or 19 3/4 fish, short fish is short fish, the ticket was written. In addition the FWC officer testified at trial, he does not measure fish in accordance with federal law. There was a document prepared by the FWC expert that said yes, fish shrink and if these had been measured correctly they averaged over 20 inches (offshore frozen). This was a smoke and mirror prosecution.

  5. I love this, Dave! Many congrats to you! We've come a long way from studying for the bar together! :)

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